scurf

[ skurf ]
/ skɜrf /

noun

the scales or small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
any scaly matter or incrustation on a surface.

Origin of scurf

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse skurfa scurf, crust
Related formsscurf·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scurf

scurf

/ (skɜːf) /

noun

another name for dandruff
flaky or scaly matter adhering to or peeling off a surface
Derived Formsscurfy, adjective

Word Origin for scurf

Old English scurf; related to Old Norse skurfōttr scurfy, Old High German scorf, Danish skurv
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Word Origin and History for scurf

scurf


n.

late Old English sceorf, from Proto-Germanic *skurf- (cf. Danish skurv, Middle Dutch scorf, Dutch schurft, Old High German scorf, German Schorf "scurf"), probably related to Old English sceorfan "to gnaw," scearfian "to cut into shreds," from PIE *skerp-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for scurf

scurf

[ skûrf ]

n.

Scaly or shredded dry skin, such as that which occurs as dandruff.
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